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Graduate Research Assistants

IPR graduate research assistants (RAs) work with a faculty advisors on research projects that align with their interests, who are listed along with  students' research interests, contact information, and links to additional biographical details.

2020–21 Graduate Research Assistants
Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas

Nicolette Alayon

Nicolette Alayon
Political Science

  • American politics
  • Political psychology
  • Political knowledge and misconceptions

Eric Brown

Eric Brown
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Racially-integrated public schools as contexts for ethnic/racial identity development
  • Adolescents' perceptions of racial school climate and racial discrimination
    at school

Karlia Brown

Karlia Brown
Sociology

  • Intersectionality and black feminist thought
  • Prisoner re-entry and the criminal
    justice system
  • Social inequality and stratification

Marget Butler

Margaret Butler
Anthropology

  • Breastfeeding experiences 
  • Perinatal depression physiology 
  • Inequities in maternal healthcare

 Sebastian Castrechini

Sebastian Castrechini
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Teacher practice in racially
    integrated schools
  • Interventions to promote
    educational equity 
  • Policy implementation in schools 
  • Research use in policy

 

Qile Chen
Linguistics

  • Bilingual speech perception and production
  • Sociolinguistics and gender bias
  • Computational linguistics and natural language processing

 Sarah Collier-Villuame

Sarah Collier Villaume
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Stress biology and cortisol 
  • Poverty policy
  • Welfare reform 

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Postsecondary education
  • Student success 
  • Teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Organizational change
  • Institutional theory 

Jennifer Cowhy

Jennifer Cowhy
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Policy implementation in schools
  • Special education

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Kaitlyn (Katie) Fitzgerald
Statistics

  • Meta-analysis
  • Generalizability
  • Translating evidence

Sheridan Fuller

Sheridan Fuller
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Outcomes of children and families' interactions with social safety programs
  • Long-term impacts of public assistance programs 

Nicole Guarino

Nicole Guarino
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Interventions in higher education
    that promote student persistence
    and success
  • Developmental education 
  • Transition from high school
    to postsecondary education 

Emily Handsman

Emily Handsman
Sociology

  • Intersection of education and culture
  • Character education initiatives’
    change over time
  • The culture of education-support
    organizations
Healy

Olivia Healy
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early care and education
  • Family well-being
  • Anti-poverty policy
  • Intergenerational effects of policies
    and programs

Ayah Kamel
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Processes of defining, measuring and incentivizing school quality
  • Impacts of school accountability systems on students, families and communities
  • Participatory and community-based research methods
Kessler

Courtenay Kessler
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early childhood development
  • Social determinants of health
  • Resilience
  • Multigenerational interventions
    for health and education
  • Program evaluation methods

Sebastian Kiguel

Sebastían Kiguel
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Non-cognitive measures of school quality
  • School climate
  • Long-term impacts of bullying and
    social exclusion in schools
  • Education policy in Latin America

Irene Kwon
Political Science

  • Race, gender, and economic inequality
  • Public opinion and political behavior
  • Quantitative methods and experimental design

Phoebe Lam

Phoebe
Hok Yee Lam

Psychology

  • Health disparities
  • Antecedents and consequences
    of resilience
  • Emotion and emotion regulation

Tina Law

Tina Law
Sociology 

  • Urban change
  • Racial inequality
  • Digital data and computational methods 

Christopher Leatherwood

Christopher (Chris) Leatherwood
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Student interactions in mathematics
  • Mathematical identity 

John Lee

John Lee
Sociology 

  • Social inequality, education, and criminal justice reform
  • Public opinion and political sociology
  • Quantitative methods and
    experimental design

Jennifer Lin
Political Science

  • School funding
  • Private involvement
    in the provision
    of social programs

 Claire Mackevicius

Claire Mackevicius
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • School funding
  • Private involvement in the provision
    of social programs

 

Matias Martinez
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • School bullying
  • School finance
  • School accountability

James Neely

James Neely
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes and long-term geological processes
  •  Seismic hazards in North America
  • The transform plate boundary development process 

 

Maya Novak-Herzog
Political Science

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Political behavior

Erin Ochoa

Erin M. Ochoa
Sociology

  • Criminology and urban sociology
  • Race and inequality
  • Geospatial and computational methods
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Oliver

Mariana Oliver
Sociology

  • Urban sociology
  • Income inequality
  • Class mobility
Peko-Spicer

Sarah
Peko-Spicer
Statistics

  • Design and analysis
    of replication programs

 

Gershwin Penn
Sociology

  • Education inequality
  • Racial policy in schools
  • Organizational theory

 

 

Caroline Pippert
Political Science

  • American politics
  • Elections and voter turnout
  • Redistricting

Wayne Rivera

Wayne Rivera
Sociology

  • Science and technology studies
  • Emotions, trauma, and violence
  • Networks
  • Medical sociology 

Leah Salditch

Leah Salditch
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes
  • Natural hazards
  • Statistical seismology

 

Abigail (Abby)
L. Smith
Statistics

  • Record linkage
  • Network analysis

 

Warren Snead
Political Science

  • American political development 
  • Public law 
  • Public policy 

Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Underlying psychobiological processes behind protective and prosocial skills
    that aid in successful development
  • Transmission of traits from parents
    to children through genetic and environmental processes
  • Role of stress in parenting

Time Viragh

Timea Viragh
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early childhood education
  • Family labor supply
  • Family well-being 

Rose Werth

Rose Werth
Sociology

  • Urban and community sociology
  • Networks and community-based organizations
  • Criminal justice and violence prevention

Cora Wigger

Cora Wigger 

Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Economics of education and housing
  • Desegregation policy
  • Social and emotional learning outcomes

Rrita Zejnullahi

Rrita Zejnullahi
Statistics

  • Statistical methods for meta-analysis
  • Design and analysis of experiments